About Us

Our Company

  • Filming dramatic recreations in Arctic Russia for “Human Odyssey”, 2013.
  • Filming in the Tien Shen Mountains, Kazakhstan, for "Equus", 2017.
  • Gabrielle Nadeau with drone on the Russian Bering Strait for “Human Odyssey”, 2013.
  • Filming dramatic recreations of Ice Age hunters for "Equus", 2017.
  • Filming horses at the Whitemud Equine Centre for "Equus", 2017.

We're A Handful

Founded by filmmaker and science host Niobe Thompson, Handful of Films is a collective of Canadian documentarians completely committed to each project, drawing on our passion for storytelling and a deep well of experience.

See Our Work
  • Filming dramatic recreations in Arctic Russia for “Human Odyssey”, 2013.
  • Filming in the Tien Shen Mountains, Kazakhstan, for "Equus", 2017.
  • Gabrielle Nadeau with drone on the Russian Bering Strait for “Human Odyssey”, 2013.
  • Filming dramatic recreations of Ice Age hunters for "Equus", 2017.
  • Filming horses at the Whitemud Equine Centre for "Equus", 2017.

Our First Decade

Our shared history stretches back over the past decade, when Niobe left academic research to co-found Clearwater Documentary with filmmaker Tom Radford. Since then, Niobe has produced 9 major broadcast and feature documentaries, each one garnering international acclaim and large global audiences.

Our films bring to life episodes in the human journey, from our evolutionary origins to the complexity of our present, in documentary and dramatic form. Found variously behind and in front of the camera, Niobe combines the roles of producer, director and host, and is well known around the world for his engaging and accessible on-screen presence.He and his colleagues have developed a unique style of adventure and science storytelling the Globe & Mail calls “indescribable, but brilliant.”

In 2015, the 3-part human exploration of our human origins – The Great Human Odyssey – broadcast on CBC’s The Nature of Things and PBS NOVA, before reaching audiences in 52 countries. After winning Canadian Screen Awards for “Best Science and Nature Documentary” and “Best Original Music”, as well an Emmy Nomination for “Outstanding Science and Technology”, we launched Human Odyssey in feature form, as a live performance with symphony orchestras around North America.

In 2019, we bring three new projects to the screen. Equus – Story of the Horse takes us back to the origins of our partnership with this fascinating creature, and on a global journey into the world of horses today. After premiering in Canada on CBC “The Nature of Things”, this 3-part series is airingin the USA on PBS “Nature” and “NOVA”, and around the world on major public broadcasters.

Our short doc Fast Horse was chosen as part of the opening night program for the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, and went on to win the Special Jury Award for Direction. Fast Horse explores the white-knuckle sport of Indian Relay, “North America’s oldest extreme sport,” through the eyes of the Blackfoot cowboy Allison Red Crow. Meanwhile, the 2019 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is screening both Fast Horse and our short doc Boy Nomad, which follows a 9-year old Kazakh boy as his joins his father on his first winter migration through the Altai Mountains.

“The scientific equivalent of a creation story for humankind. Indescribable, but brilliant. Part eye-popping nature program, part fascinating anthropology”

The Globe & Mail on The Great Human Odyssey

We have produced 7 one-offs and series for CBC “The Nature of Things”. We often work with PBS NOVA and “Nature”, the Smithsonian Channel, the National Film Board of Canada, and various documentary strands on European public broadcasters, including DR, ZDF, arte, and France Télévisions. Our earlier films include The Perfect Runner (2012), Code Breakers (2011), Tipping Point: Age of the Oil Sands (2011), Inuit Odyssey (2009).

“An exhaustive scientific quest through 11 countries, backed by gorgeous footage and narrative magnificence… epic!”

Edmonton Journal on Equus - Story of the Horse

In 2016, Niobe Thompson also collaborated with producers The National Film Board and ID:Productions to make a groundbreaking exploration of organ transplant medicine in two related films: Vital Bonds & Memento Mori. In these films, Niobe’s crew was the first in history to capture the death of a patient and the decision by his family to donate his organs. The project was instrumental in the campaign to improve organ donation rates in Canada, and recently won the Special Jury Prize at the 2018 Jackson Hole Science Media Awards.

With composer and conductor Darren Fung, Niobe presents select documentaries as live performances with symphony orchestras. Great Human Odyssey in Concert is currently touring in North America, and Equus In Concert will debut in 2019.

Rentals

We rent cinema cameras and high-end lenses through Upstart Cameras.

Stock Footage

Our unique body of stock footage can be licensed through our exclusive agent, Nature Footage.

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